Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Nirvana-aah
  • Family Fun
    • Language

    • Altitude

      465 metres (1,526 ft) above the sea level
    • Time zone

      UTC/GMT + 5:30 hours
    • Theme

      Mountains, Beach

Nestled quietly in the mist covered hills, Kandy is known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Home to sacred temples like the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and Embekke Devale, Kandy has much to offer in the way of shopping, natural beauty, tranquility and cricket!

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  • Natural beauty

    Kandy is surrounded by lush green hills and forests. The Knuckles Mountains Range and the Udawattakele Sanctuary are the two most beautiful places in Kandy. The resplendant Kiri Muhuda Lake meaning Milk Sea in Sinhalese is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the work of nature.

  • Temples

    The city of Kandy boasts of many big and small Buddhist temples that are known throughout the world. The architecture, history and legends associated with the temple attract devotees and tourists from all over the world.

  • Shopping

    There is no dearth of shopping options in Kandy. Most famous are the handcrafted wood products and the Batik clothes wear. Ceylon tea is famous throughout the world for its unique taste – something that you would definitely like to take back home.

Be prepared

  • Language barrier

    Most of the people in Kandy speak either Sinhala or Tamil. Neither Hindi nor English is widely spoken. You should learn some of the common greetings and phrases in Sinhala.

  • Rains

    In Kandy, you should be prepared for unexpected rains. The rains can come knocking at any time of the year. The good thing is that it stops just as suddenly as it starts.

Describing It

The silence of the mist covered mystical mountains, the winding rivers and the placid lakes, the hallow of the sacred temples, the cultural quirks and the magnificent scenery all around – Kandy truly is one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

Originally known as Senkadagala pura, Kandy was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988. The name Kandy is derived from the Sinhalese Kanda Uda Rata (meaning the land on the mountain). Kandy was the capital city of the last Sri Lankan kings before it came under the British rule in 1815.

The Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is perhaps the most important Buddhist temple in the world. The magnificent shrine houses the sacred Danta Dhatu (Sinhala: Tooth Relic of Buddha). Devottes from all over the world come here to pay their respects to Lord Buddha. Embekke Devale, another sacred temple, is known throughout the world for its fine wood carvings and pillars. Astonishing and riveting is the Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue. The giant white statue sits atop a mountain peak and overlooks the city of Kandy. The Royal Palace of Kandy, with its brilliant architecture and the history, has a spellbinding effect on tourists.

The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the Knuckles Mountain Range are prime tourist attractions. None have escaped the charm of the Botanical Gardens while the Knuckles Mountains Range is one of the best spots for trekking, painting and photography.

After a good day’s sightseeing, one definitely needs an incentive – the incentive of shopping. While Kandy is no London or Paris when it comes to shopping, it definitely has its own storehouse of things which you can buy. You can shop for beautiful handcrafted jewelries or wood products, Batik clothing, Ceylon tea, spices, souvenirs and much more.